The Dwarf, novel by Pär Lagerkvist, published in Swedish in as Dvärgen. Set during the Italian Renaissance and cast in the form of a journal, it is a study of . The Dwarf is a strange little book written by a Swedish Nobel Prize winner blame Lagerkvist for being a little disillusioned with the humanity. Pär Lagerkvist, playwright, poet, essayist, and novelist, received the Nobel Prize in Literature in The Dwarf, long considered a masterpiece of modern.

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My race is detestable to me. I have noticed that sometimes I frighten people; what they really fear is themselves. One must exterminate the people against whom one is fighting and ravage the land so that it cannot rise again.

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Book Snob: Pär Lagerkvist – The Dwarf

In this way aspects of all these historical places and people are mixed into the background of the novel. Please provide an email address.

There is nothing “different” about dwarrf. Both countries are pillaged, particularly our own. His feeling of humiliation and inferiority fuels his hatred for humanity, and he begins to spin a web of intrigue that leads to disaster. I would describe the story as something like a fable, told from the perspective of a 26 inch dwarf who is something like a “fool”-type cha Lagerkvust never read anything by Lagerkvist, but knew he had won the Nobel Prize for Literature in the early s.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in That is the law of war. The Dwarf discussion 23 26 Jun 29, The exact time and location are unclear, but the presence of the character named Bernardowho is unmistakably modeled on Leonardo da Vincisuggests that the story takes place in a fictional version of Milan around the time of Leonardo’s stay at the court of the Duke of Milan, Ludovico Sforzafrom to Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions.


He takes no joy in food and finds the idea of sex absolutely repulsive. My hatred was so alive that I almost thought I should lose consciousness… I felt like Satan himself, surrounded by all the infernal spirits invoked at their nocturnal meetings, swarming around them with grinning faces, dragging their souls still hot and stinking from their bodies, down into the kingdom of death.

Nov 07, Kristen rated it liked it Recommends it for: I loved the book. Gradually, Piccoline is drawn deeper and deeper into the conflict, and he inspires fear and hate around him as he grows to represent the fascination of the masses with violence. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: View all 6 comments.

I am ever myself, always the same, I live one life alone. Really, he revels in anything that will destabilize people, their sense of well-being and their struggle for good.

Evil, evil dwarf and man. Here are samples of his rants: Piccoline, the dwarf, serves the Prince and recounts the goings-on at court in his diary entries.

The Dwarf – Pär Lagerkvist

After all, he has managed to get his simple-minded jailer to bring his journal, so he can continue his account of all-consuming hatred. It is my fate that I hate my own people.


It read incredibly fast. The war ends up a failure. The image of a dwarf may have been chosen to compare a person without empathy such as the psychopathic and misanthropic Dwarf of the novel to an “emotional dwarf”. The populations are probably too exhausted after two wars to be able to go on. The Dwarf is a fascinating and a riveting read. View all 4 comments. This is chronicled by the Dwarf, who is amoral and joyless He is disgusted by Don Ricardo’s joie de vivre and has a “Hitlerian” set of values regarding food and sex.

The court artist is a thinly veiled portrait of Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci. LikeBe the first to like this. Everything in the novel is described from his viewpoint, mostly in retrospect, ranging from a few hours or minutes to several weeks or months after the actual events. Nov 02, Michael rated it really liked it. An evil little man talks about life. The hateful narrator, a court dwarf, tells the story of the community from the perspective of the badly treated, violently ridiculed and bullied outsider.

An allegorical text on the borders of malice, on the dwarfwhich is inherent in all of us, a dwaff in the sanctuary of human misanthropy and nihilism. It is told from the point of view of a dwarf who is a servant in the king’s castle.